Closing Session - 'Trust Would Settle Every Problem Now' with David Hoffmeister and Frances XuSometimes great non-dual teachers tell you to give up the search. But giving up the search is easier said than done. For example, Jesus tells us that everyone who comes to earth or comes to time and space will seek because they believe they're lacking something. And believing in lack means believing in the ego. So they take on a mask, a personality self, and at some point, they give the mask identity of a seeker. How funny, a mask seeking. In reality, it's the sleeping mind that needs help, and when invited, the Holy Spirit comes rushing into our mind to save the day, bring us to true happiness, and be the bridge back to eternity. It's not that you have to search in the world for anything. It's unnecessary to seek for love; your task is to strive to remove the barriers to love's presence. And that's what this inward journey is about. And that's what this closing session is about. How do we surrender to this great call of love that is calling us home without fighting it and resisting it? Enjoy David and Frances's talk about trust and surrender and their moving interaction with the participants.If you want to know more about David Hoffmeister and Living Miracles events, here is more information: https://circle.livingmiraclescenter.org/events.Recorded on August 7, 2022, at La Casa Quantico, Chapala, Mexico.
Movie "Saving Mr. Banks" - Trust, Let Go and Let God! with David Hoffmeister - An Online Retreat Movie WorkshopThe theme of this movie workshop was "Trust, let go and let God," which coincided with the Monthly online retreat topic "Trust would settle every problem now. So if we're going to let Trust settle every problem now, we must let go of the past and the future. We have to let go of our regrets and grievances, and we must let go of our ambitions and future worries. Finally, we must trust that present guidance will carry us through. Enjoy David Hoffmeister's commentary and profound A Course in Miracles content on the movie "Saving Mr. Banks" and learn how to trust, let go and let God!You can watch the introduction to the movie on YouTube: https://youtu.be/l__rOvVq-cY.If you want to know more about Living Miracles, and the Weekly Movie Workshops, look here: https://bit.ly/ACIM-Movie-Workshop.Look for more info on David Hoffmeister and Monthly Online Retreats: https://circle.livingmiraclescenter.org/events.The movie workshop was recorded Saturday, August 6, 2022, in Chapala, Mexico.
Today's episode covers (one of) the most important variables to developing the Higher Self Connection. The Higher Self Connection is a process and a lifestyle. It is not a one and done connection. Yes you can listen to meditations to connect to your higher self, but you don't need to be in meditation to feel the connection. With awareness you can discern what you are aligned to and decide if that is the version of you that you would like to listen to in any given moment. Self-awareness is the light of consciousness. With awareness you can begin to see the false narrative you have running in your mind and call BS on some of your excuses and limiting beliefs that you tell yourself to keep happiness just outside of your reach. To cultivate awareness stop and ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing, what do you hope to gain from the action you are taking, what motivates you to act the way you do in any given situation. Become radically responsible for what it is that is driving your behavior and decide if it is serving you or holding you back. Practicing awareness also helps you "see" or "feel" when you are being inspired by your higher self or limited by your ego. To receive Stephanie's worksheet 5 Steps to Releasing Limiting Beliefs click here: https://bit.ly/3mibSf6 To work with Stephanie or get on the list to receive the release date of Higher Self Connection - connect with her here: https://stephaniezumwalt.comMusic: https://www.purple-planet.com More Higher Self Connection content: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/higher_self_connection/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.zumwaltTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@higher_self_connectionYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1jIjJJDYv_y-5EvUryk0Uw
Do each of us believe deep down that we're just a little bit more important than everyone else? My happiness, my goals, my relationships? The root cause of our suffering from the Buddhist perspective is this belief, a delusion called ignorance, seen as the true source of all our suffering: from disappointment in the face of life's setbacks, to the dissatisfaction we can feel even when we get exactly what we want. It's a retelling of the Buddha's very first teaching, The Four Noble Truths: on suffering, its causes and antidotes, with a modern twist.Episode 15. Am I More Important Than Everyone Else in the Universe?Two years ago, we created A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment to share the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhist analytical meditation in a form that requires no belief beyond what science currently accepts. The first 40 episodes of the podcast gradually go through all of these topics, in order, beginning with appreciating the gift of our life and our place in the universe, and gradually moving up to cultivating boundless compassion for all beings and understanding the ultimate nature of our inner and outer realities. Over the next year, interspersed with new interviews, we are re-releasing updated versions of these topics.Support the show
Don't forget about Erik's Hour of Enlightenment radio show this Tuesday at 4:00 PM PT/6:00 PM CT/7:00 PM How do you hear Erik and your Guides? Erik shares some tips to help you understand how to hear them better today! Host is Elisa Medhus atlantisscalar.com, Co-Host Michelle Gray thehealingH-art.com Last if you want to talk to Erik, call into 646-716-9735 You can also access the http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hourofenlightenment. Blog: https://channelingerik.com Radio show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hour-of-enlightenment Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ChannelingErik Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/channeling_erik YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/c/ChannelingErik212 Watch Atlantis Scalar on YouTube: https:youtube.com/channel/UC0ecgEdVOnQfijQ1JKtcrSA Twitter: https://twitter.com/CHANNELINGERIK
On this week's podcast, Erwin McManus completes his Quest for Enlightenment series with a talk that highlights what it means to live a heroic life. From Psalm 119:32, Erwin reminds us that God has set us free to run in the path of his commands. Ultimately, we learn that our freedom is only as impactful as the choices we make with it because the shape of our character is not only the shape of our future, but our character shapes the future of humanity. Ending with a raw and powerful Q & A, Erwin answers a variety of questions that define what it means to live heroically in the light of the freedom Jesus offers. From paying taxes to choosing a significant other, Erwin empowers us to live with a deep sense of character through our everyday choices. This message is inspired by Uprising, Erwin Raphael McManus' book about taking on the character of God.
The story of this little known cult is WILD. Was the cult leader, Terri Hoffman, capable of some kind of actual mind control? It honestly feels possible. This New Age guru who spoke of reincarnation, astral planes, transcending the trappings of your Earthly bodies, and fighting "black lords" in other non-physical planes of existence seems to have broken down the minds of numerous followers and pushed them into committing suicide, right after they made her the sole beneficiary of their wills. Terri was the daughter of impoverished laborers who became the leader of a movement that appealed not to confused teens, disillusioned college students, and random spiritual seekers in the late 1960s when so many cults were forming in America, but also to educated people well into their careers and adult lives, like a Yale-educated college professor. Ten of her followers would die via either odd suicides, murders, or strange accidents. Another follower vanished. The Devil is in the details, and Terri Hoffman comes across like an actual devil in this story, and man are the details of this story insane...Bad Magic Productions Monthly Patreon Donation: The Bad Magic Charity for August Camp Easton, where we will be hosting our 2022 Wet Hot Bad Magic Summer Camp. Amount TBD. To find more or donate yourself, please visit https://www.nwscouts.org/campeastonTICKETS FOR HOT WET BAD MAGIC SUMMER CAMP! Go to www.badmagicmerch.comWatch the Suck on YouTube: https://youtu.be/l6sqvEnPHM0Merch: https://www.badmagicmerch.comDiscord! https://discord.gg/tqzH89vWant to join the Cult of the Curious private Facebook Group? Go directly to Facebook and search for "Cult of the Curious" in order to locate whatever happens to be our most current page :)For all merch related questions/problems: email@example.com (copy and paste)Please rate and subscribe on iTunes and elsewhere and follow the suck on social media!! @timesuckpodcast on IG and http://www.facebook.com/timesuckpodcastWanna become a Space Lizard? Click here: https://www.patreon.com/timesuckpodcastSign up through Patreon and for $5 a month you get to listen to the Secret Suck, which will drop Thursdays at Noon, PST. You'll also get 20% off of all regular Timesuck merch PLUS access to exclusive Space Lizard merch. You get to vote on two Monday topics each month via the app. And you get the download link for my new comedy album, Feel the Heat. Check the Patreon posts to find out how to download the new album and take advantage of other benefits.
Mindfulness can be used to train the mind: to make the mind more peaceful and see your world differently. Mindfulness, in this way, is used to remember things we've learned and intend to put into practice. For example, we may have heard the teaching to gather all blame into one--our mental afflictions. We might agree that there are no external problems or enemies; our problems come from our mental afflictions, such as anger, attachment, ignorance, pride, or greed. To practice mindfulness, we could then determine to recall this wisdom when we start to get angry or upset. Mindfulness is used to remember our determination to practice this wisdom and not blame another person or situation for our unpleasant feelings. This practice helps us let the unpleasant feelings pass without clinging to them and blaming others. Mindfulness is a powerful tool for creating a happy mind. Always Rely on a Happy Mind (One of Atisha's 59 slogans of training the mind.) The Story of the Elephant Called Paveyyaka While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (327) of this book, with reference to the elephant, called Paveyyaka. Paveyyaka when young was very strong; in due course, he became old and decrepit. One day, as old Paveyyaka went into a pond he was stuck in the mire and could not get on to the shore. When King Pasenadi of Kosala was told about it, he sent an elephant trainer to help the elephant get out of the mire. The elephant trainer went to the site where the elephant was. There, he made the musicians strike up a martial tune. Hearing the military airs, the elephant felt as if he were in a battlefield; his spirits rose, he pulled himself with all his might, and was soon out of the mire. When the bhikkhus told the Buddha about this he said, "Bhikkhus! Just as that elephant pulled itself out of the mire, so also, must you all pull yourselves out of the mire of moral defilements." Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows: Take delight in mindfulness, guard your mind well. As an elephant stuck in mire pulls itself out, so also, pull yourself out of the mire of moral defilements. —Buddha, Dhammapada, Verse 327: “If in battle your sword were to fall from your hand, you would without hesitation immediately retrieve it out of fear for your life. Likewise, when you battle the afflictions and lose the weapon of mindfulness (which does not forget the subjective and objective aspects of engaging in what is to be adopted and rejecting what is to be cast aside), you must immediately reapply mindfulness.” —Je Tsongkapa, Take delight in mindfulness, guard your mind well. As an elephant stuck in the mire pulls itself out, so also pull yourself out of the mire of moral defilements. —Buddha, The Dhammapada References and Links Buddha.The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. (Kindle). Shambala, Boston and London, 2011. (Link) Je Tsongkhapa. Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, by Je Tsongkhapa, Volume 2. (Kindle.)Translated by the Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee. Joshua Cutler, Editor-in-Chief, and Guy Newlan, Editor, pp 187-197. Buddha (1986).The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories. Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A. (Website). Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon. Courtesy of Nibbana.com. For free distribution only, as a gift of dhamma. https://www.tipitaka.net/tipitaka/dhp/verseload.php?verse=327 Find us at the links below: https://www.facebook.com/Buddhismforeveryone Join our private group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sanghatalk/ https://www.instagram.com/buddhism.with.joann.fox
Today's guest believes sales is about helping people, not being pushy or icky. For over 20 years, as the CEO of Changing the Sales Game, she has helped business owners, leaders, and sales teams build powerhouse organizations using her high-energy and heart-centered approach to creating a thriving sales team culture. Her teaching, transformational tools, and content ensure business owners and salespeople grow their revenue streams through enhanced communication skills. She shares her process in her book, “ESP (Easy Sales Process), as a speaker and the host of two podcasts, Changing the Sales Game and Enlightenment of Change. Please join me in welcoming Connie Whitman. In this episode, we discuss: her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about taking someone from where they are and move them to where you need them to be while keeping their career path intact in a healthy way.” the connection between being an effective salesperson, great leadership, valuing connections and how having love, care, and respect for potential clients can help you excel. her natural ability to have welcoming energy since childhood, “it feels good to be around you.” the start of her career and how she quickly grew and excelled. what the tipping point was for her to run her own business, the business she had written a business plan for 5 years prior. the importance of the follow-up, including a potential client Connie followed up with and built a relationship with for five years before she landed a sale with them. her CPR method in sales - Consistent, Persistent, & Respectful sales. her sales follow-up process and why respectful follow-ups are worthwhile for her business growth. how she nurtures and sustains the outer levels of her network. what she's looking forward to in the year ahead. Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com.
Opening Session - 'Trust Would Settle Every Problem Now' Online Retreat with David Hoffmeister and Frances XuOur fragmented perception is the problem, and happily, trust is the answer to all perceptual problems. Trust would settle every problem now; no matter what seems to be occurring in your life, trust will bring you into present peace. It's not so much whether you have trust or not, but what you put your trust in. Are you trusting in your past learning to guide you, or are you trusting in the Holy Spirit at this moment to guide you? It's not whether you have trust or not; it's not a quantifiable thing. It's just what am I invested in? Enjoy David Hoffmeister and Frances Xu's opening session for the Tabula Rasa weekend online retreat with the topic 'Trust Would Settle Every Problem Now.' Hear them share from their lives how they transferred trust to Jesus and the Holy Spirit and away from the ego, which is where the happiness comes in. You can watch the beginning of the session here on YouTube.https://youtu.be/8bJLniFu8rc.If you want to know more about David Hoffmeister and Living Miracles events, here is more information: https://circle.livingmiraclescenter.org/events.Recorded on August 5, 2022, at La Casa Quantico, Chapala, Mexico.
Meditation imitates life in so many ways. When we face set backs, road blocks, or failures in our path, so often the only thing left to do is begin again. Just as in meditation when we find our mind wandering, we have to be mindful of it, acknowledge it and return to our breath. Begin again. This meditation aims to remind us that no matter what, there is no such thing as failure, so long as we keep going. Namaste.
Podcast Super Summit Link: https://bit.ly/3Qo9YbY Connie's motivational quote for today is by – Amit Ray, “You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks.” What a great quote and reminder that we are truly the master of ourselves. Sometimes I feel like we give away our power because we are not sure what the next step is that we should be taking. So, I know for me, sometimes I don't move forward for fear of making a misstep! What I have also learned through the years, is that there are really no missteps especially if we learn from what we perceive as a mistake. The other thing I have learned is that steps, even if not the perfect choice, still move us closer to our desired outcome or goals. I think it's all about movement and tuning into our inner wisdom. So how do we tune into our inner wisdom? Glad you asked… YouTube: https://youtu.be/mp9rW1fdXzY About Laurie Seymour: Laurie Seymour, 2x international #1 best-selling author and founder/CEO of The Baca Institute, is internationally known as the source for Source, helping conscious entrepreneurs to dissolve the dam that holds them back, remember the truth of who they are; to bring ease, flow, and joy into everything they do in their business and personal lives, leading to streamlined project creation and implementation, and financial abundance. Laurie is also the host of the Wisdom Talk Radio podcast, listened to in over 60 countries! How to Get in Touch With Laurie Seymour: Website: www.thebacainstitute.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Free Gift: 7 AWARENESS-PROVOKING EXPERIENCES (7 day mini-course) Quiz Link: Creative Innovators Style Quiz Stalk me online! Enlightenment of Change Facebook group: tinyurl.com/EOCFacebookGroup Website: https://www.changingthesalesgame.com/ Connie's #1 International Bestseller Book - ESP (Easy Sales Process): 7-Step to Sales Success: https://conniewhitman.ac-page.com/changing-the-sales-game-resources Download Free Communication Style Assessment: https://www.changingthesalesgame.com/communication-style-assessment All-Star Community: https://changingthesalesgame.mykajabi.com/All-Star-Community Subscribe and listen to the Enlightenment of Change podcast on your favorite podcast streaming service or on YouTube. New episodes post every week - listen to Connie dive into new sales and business topics or problems you may have in your business.
Even in the year 2022, there are still stigmas surrounding mental health.Treatment isn't as readily available as it should be, and the impact can be devastating.On this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected- Dr. Fedrick is joined by Rev. Dr. Nicole Charles, the Chief Executive Officer of Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. She is going to tell us more about Edgar Cayce's A.R.E., and how it is dedicated to providing tools for wellness, personal empowerment, and spiritual growth based on the work of Edgar Cayce.Key Takeaways from Dr. Fedrick's conversation with Rev. Dr. Charles:Hear about Nicole's role as CEO of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.Learn how Rev. Dr. Nicole's day-to-day includes mental healthFind out how someone's childhood experiences may present themselves in a person's adult lifeDiscover how Rev. Dr. Charles takes the good, and empowers it to overshadow the badHear Rev. Nicole's take on the stigma surrounding mental healthLearn how that stigma effects society as a wholeAll of this and more, on this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected.Learn more about Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. on their website: https://www.edgarcayce.org/ Connect with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edgarcayceFollow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edgarcayceare/For more information on Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick, visit her website: evolvecounselingaz.comConnect with Dr. Fedrick on Instagram: @drelizabethfedrickWatch the video interview on our Facebook PageHave a question you'd like answered on the show? Leave us a voicemail here: https://www.speakpipe.com/CalmCoolConnectedFor more great Calm, Cool and Connected content, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, and all the popular podcasting platforms. (RSS) https://3cstvshow.buzzsprout.comAlready subscribed? Please take a moment to rate and review the podcast so that we can reach as many people that need the help as we can: https://3cstvshow.buzzsprout.com DISCLAIMER: THE CONSULTATIONS OR INTERACTIONS OFFERED ARE NOT MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY. THE CONSULTATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT STRUCTURED IN A WAY TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/PSYCHOTHERAPY/THERAPY/ DIAGNOSING OF ANY KIND. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT CALM COOL AND CONNECTED IS NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION AS YOUR TREATING MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR, PHYSICIAN, ATTORNEY, LEGAL COUNSEL, EMPLOYER, MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. We offer no guarantees or promise of results from event nor assume liability for any information provided.
Community Session - "Trust Would Settle Every Problem Now" Online Retreat with Kirsten Buxton, Jason Warwick, and Erik Archbold.Awakening is a collaborative venture, which is what this session intends to show. Kirsten and Jason hold the space for members of the community's 'Go Green Initiative' while they talk about how it is to pray and work together in an environment of healing, trust, and forgiveness. Eric is singing them a song to remind them of the joy of heaven. Like Lynn, you usually see them going around with tools; she is out in the shed. Oh, wait a minute. She's on the roof over there. She is everywhere with those power tools. She's a psychologist, but now she is having fun with power tools. There's nothing special about power tools; of course, it's just symbols, but you see if you pray together, join together, and share the same purpose of hearing the Holy Spirit. Then that's good and will open to deep-rooted beliefs that need to be let go of.The Living Miracles community practices A Course in Miracles daily and is devoted to applying these profound ACIM teachings practically. This month's theme of the online retreat is "Trust Would Settle Every Problem Now." If you feel inspired to join us for a whole online weekend retreat or an all-day movie workshop, you can learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/ACIM-Online-Retreat or go to https://livingmiracles.org/events.You can watch the first 17 min of the session on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HUv9buImtq0.Recorded August 5, 2022.
Come get your enlightenment on with us as we explore crystal therapy with the wonderfully talented and intuitive Crystal Emelie.Emelie is a Certified Crystal Therapy Practitioner, Energy Healer, Reiki Master, and Sound Healer. She shares her wide array of knowledge with Stephanie on this episode so we can leverage the power of crystals to become more grounded and centered in our own energy.Why are we drawn to certain crystals? How do you program a crystal? How and when do you clear it? Plus, don't miss our speed round at the end when we ask Emelie "what do we use for this" for various emotions. And for goodness sakes, don't sleep or bathe with your selenite! Vibration = Light = Information Find Crystal Emelie:https://www.crystalemelie.com/ On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crystalemelie/ Come continue the conversation with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mdmthepod/Join our Facebook group, Multidimensional Moms. Shop with us at https://www.mdmthestore.com/ Reach out with inquiries or booking requests: email@example.com
Radhika Rao is this week's guest, she speaks with Mike about Buddhism, her life's journey, theatre acting and more! Mike & Radhika's conversation begins with Radhika explaining what Buddhism is to her and how it has become such an integral part of her life. Radhika then talks about how theatrical and improvisational performance has helped her in both her Buddhist journey and in life, she then explains her personal definition of enlightenment, how she perceives the world and spiritual/philosophical topics are discussed! Radhika's Site: http://radhikarao.org – Her Instagram is @ radhikarao77 – LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/radhika-rao-2764598 - IMDb: https://imdb.com/name/nm9895468 - The Organisation Soka Gakkai International: https://sokaglobal.org Radhika mentioned the movie Monsoon Wedding, recommends the Buddhability podcast and notes that the Dalai Lama resides in McLeod Ganj, in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Thanks to Tonya Todd for connecting Mike & Radhika! http://mstonyatodd.com The promo for this episode is from Pubtime Podcast: https://podpage.com/pubtime-podcast To listen to a completely free Patreon episode, check out the first in Mike & Megan's Tom Hanks rewatch here: https://bit.ly/TomHanks1 In the last episode of GCC (168), Mike spoke with Mandy Wong; illustrator, art director, showrunner and many other things! She talks about how & why she started the show Millie And Lou with her husband Rory, what inspires her and where her passion for illustration came from, she talks about moving from Hong Kong to England and “found family”, how she uses her art to communicate with others (especially when she first moved to England), her process of creating paintings and many other topics are discussed! If you enjoyed this episode, please check out Mike's Patreon, where he releases at least 1 episode of his & Megan's “Afterthoughts” a week, plus there's early access to episodes of GCC and more, so if you want to support the show and get more content, check it out at http://patreon.com/genuinechitchat Outro read by BZ The Voice: http://www.bzthevoice.com Find Mike's other show; Star Wars: Comics In Canon on Spotify & the other podcast apps on the feed of Comics In Motion or on GCC's YouTube channel. Episodes are out every Saturday; episodes 0-103 are out now, in ep 103 Mike delved into 5 more Star Wars horror stories in Return To Vader's Castle, in ep 102 Mike embarked on the first volume of the Crimson Reign crossover event, while in ep 101 Mike tackled the final volume of Poe Dameron comics! Previous episodes include the War Of The Bounty Hunters crossover (all 34 tie-in issues), every other canon Star Wars comic by Marvel, the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi, full High Republic coverage (book reviews & comics) & much more – https://podfollow.com/comicsinmotion Mike's guest spots: Mike appeared on Spider-Dan & The Secret Bores to talk about Maximum & Absolute Carnage: https://pod.fo/e/13304a Mike appeared on Indie Comics Spotlight, discussing Cavan Scott's Shadow Service with Tony, listen on the feed of Comics In Motion! https://pod.fo/e/1259e4 Mike returned to Star Wars Timeline to talk about Villains in each of the SW trilogies here: https://youtu.be/V7382WWkSP0 – they also discuss accents in the Star Wars universe; the original trilogy here: https://youtu.be/1X0PyXkQZGg & the prequel trilogy here: https://youtu.be/3L4qWeYOzhw Instagram – Twitter – Facebook – YouTube – Stitcher – Podbean – Spotify You can also email Mike at GenuineChitChat@outlook.com with any reviews, comments or suggestions.
World Awakenings episode #78 features Jonathan Robinson, a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 10 books, and a professional speaker. He has reached over 200 million people around the world with his practical methods, and his work has been translated into 47 languages. His work has appeared in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as dozens of other publications. In addition, he has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show and CNN, as well as other national TV talk shows. He has spent more than thirty years studying the most practical and powerful methods for personal and professional development. His first book, “The Experience of God,” included interviews with such notable people as the late Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Wayne Dyer. He is also the author of “The Little Book of Big Questions”, “Communication Miracles for Couples”, and now his new book called, “The Enlightenment Project”. Here is the link for Karl Gruber's new book, "True Spirituality & the Law of Attraction: A Beautiful Symbiotic Relationship"
This is both a discussion about Kundalini and a Kundalini meditation. What is kundalini, shakti or moksha? What's the difference between kundalini and kriya yoga? How does kundalini awaken consciousness? Don't just understand it, experience it. www.EnlightenmentTV.com
I recently read a book entitled Spirit Tech: The Brave New World of Consciousness Hacking and Enlightenment Engineering by Kate J. Stockly and Wesley J. Wildman. It was a thrilling read on the merging of biohacking technologies, spirituality, neurotheology, and much more. Technology now has the ability to modify and control the spiritual experience. This book is a journey through the high-tech aids for psychological growth that are changing the world while exploring safety, authenticity, and ethics. Of course, technology is already helping to manage health, sleep, relationships, and finances, so it's no surprise that technological aids for the spiritual journey would be the next frontier. From apps that help you pray or meditate, to cybernauts seeking the fast track, to nirvana through magnetic brain stimulation, this is the brink of the most transformative revolution in the practice of religion: an era in which the power of “spirit tech” can be harnessed to deepen your experience of the divine. Spirit tech products are rapidly improving in sophistication and power, and ordinary people need a trustworthy guide. Through their research and insider access to the top innovators and early adopters, Kate Stockly and Wesley Wildman take you deep inside an evolving world with Spirit Tech. The book is the definitive guide to the fascinating world of innovations for personal transformation, spiritual growth, and pushing the boundaries of human nature. When you read Spirit Tech, you'll... ...find out how increasingly popular “wearables” work on your brain, promising a shortcut to transformative meditative states... ...meet the inventor of the “God Helmet,” who developed a tool to increase psychic skills and overcome fear, sadness, and anger... ...visit churches that use ayahuasca as their sacrament and explore the booming industry of psychedelic tourism... ...journey to a mansion in the heart of Silicon Valley where a group of scientists and entrepreneurs are working feverishly to bring brain-based spirit tech applications to the masses, and... ...discover a research team who achieved brain-to-brain communication between individuals thousands of miles apart, harnessing neurofeedback techniques to sync and share emotions among group members. Kate Stockly is an academic researcher specializing in the scientific study of religion and women's studies in religion. Kate's first book, High On God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America (co-authored with James K. Wellman, Jr. and Katie Corcoran; Oxford 2020), looks closely at the affective and emotional dynamics animating evangelical megachurches. Spirit Tech: The Brave New World of Consciousness Hacking and Engineering Enlightenment is Kate's second book. Kate also analyzes gender dynamics in religion and spirituality from a bio-psycho-social perspective. Putting the critical humanities—especially feminist materialism and affect theory—into conversation with the biological sciences, she theorizes how gender and sex interact with spiritual and religious expression and experience. Episode sponsors: -Ketone IQ by HVMN: Use code BENG for 10% off any purchase of Ketone-IQ️ an exclusive offer for podcast listeners. -JOOVV: Use promo code BEN for an exclusive discount on your first order. -ARX: Go to arxfit.com/ben to look at the Alpha or the Omni for the most effective and safest form of resistance exercise in the world. -Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. -Lucy Nicotine Gum: If you are looking for a cleaner and tastier alternative to other nicotine products, this product is for you. To save 20% on any order, just use discount code BEN20.
These are questions and topics that Claude AnShin Thomas - fully ordained Zen Buddhist Monk in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition - reflects on. He reminds the listener of how to stay awake to life and how to understand the trappings of a deluded mind more deeply. This episode was recorded during a zoom questions&response session with a German-speaking audience. For more interesting information: https://zaltho.org/ If you want to ask a question: firstname.lastname@example.org Want to read up on this topic? Book recommendations: Bringing Meditation to Life - 108 Teachings on the Path of Zen Practice AT HELL'S GATE - A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace (Shambhala Publications 2003) https://zaltho.org/en/media/books.html Q: I heard someone talk recently about having contact to a younger version of themselves with in themselves. Do you have anything like this? (Min 1) Q: Do you put a lot of stock in first impressions? (Min 5) Q: How can you tell the difference between first impressions and some form of narrative based on our conditioning? (Min 10) Q: If there is something I regret from the past, is it ok to let it go or should I turn back and apologize? Q: What is your current vulnerability? (Min 15) Q: Is it egotistic to want to have children? (Min 20) Q: In your experience is it easier to confront one's own suffering in solitude or in relationship? (Min 25) Q: Do you think it is useful to expose myself to that which I am afraid of? (29mins) Q: You say that Q &R sessions are not a therapy group. What is the difference? (31 mins)
This talk explores the relationship between sitting meditation (zazen) and attentiveness in everyday life. It's starts with Joko Beck's definition of enlightenment as the "ending in yourself of that hope for something other than life being as it is" and unfolds practice as the effortless effort to allow one's experience to be exactly what it is at this time—that is, to fully commit to the present moment. Feeling unconditionally alive instead of chasing happy feelings is the fruit of this practice.Welcome to Zen Mind!THE PATH OF ALIVENESS is now on sale!Become a Boulder Zen Center Member! It is the best way to support Zenki Roshi and the continuation of this podcast.See all events and join our mailing list at www.boulderzen.org. Email us at email@example.com or give us a call: (303) 442–3007.If you're enjoying these talks, please subscribe and leave us a rating or review!Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi is the the guiding teacher at the Boulder Zen Center in Colorado, USA. This podcast shares the regular dharma talks given at the center. Zenki Roshi approaches Zen practice as a craft of transformation, liberation, wisdom and compassionate action. His interest is to bring Buddhism alive within the Western cultural context, while staying committed to the traditional emphasis on yogic embodiment.
In this episode, we go in a lot of directions. Nathan does men's immersive retreats. A great snippet from the episode is, "So let's reconnect back to the most simple things and what it's like to be human." LINKS & RESOURCESMy Book "SOUL/Life Balance": https://cutt.ly/hAydeYsMagicMind | https://cutt.ly/VRADrOH use code "SoulSam" for 20% off!Wizard Teams (Virtual Teams For YOU Managed by US) | https://cutt.ly/xmVsYTe Check out my Review of Pixar's "SOUL" Movie | https://cutt.ly/OmVsUNe FREE Glossary of Spiritual Terms for the Newly Activated: https://soulseekrz.com/terms/ Wizard Websites - Learn to Build a Website w/ Virtual Assistants | https://bit.ly/3lCw2kU SHROOM BEACH Clothing | Use Promo Code "SoulSam" for 15% off with this link: https://cutt.ly/oItje42 Defiant Mushroom Coffee (Use "Sam15" for 15% OFF!) | https://defiantcoffee.co/ Permission to Podcast (Simply Show Up & Record): https://bit.ly/2N2NUoI LET'S BE SOCIALJoin the journey — come hangout on social mediaInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/samkabert/ Join the Soul Seekr Facebook Group | https://buff.ly/2yi8ldA Twitter | https://twitter.com/soul_seekr_ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/kabert/ YouTube | https://buff.ly/3e4kXUO ASK me ANYTHING: Email is Sam@CloneYourselfU.com and you can book a FREE business strategy call with me by going to Calendly.com/CLONE.Thank You,SamSupport the show
Today we are joined for a third time by Will Clark, host of The Grey History Podcast. That's grey with an “e.” In Grey History, Will discusses how history is not black and white, good guys and bad guys. The French Revolution is a great example of history being in the gray area. In this episode, Will and I will look at the motivations and incentives of the actors in the Church and revolutionary French government. We will try to find out why they made the decisions they did and how the reacted to massive societal upheaval, inflation and much more.Today's Guest:Will Clark, Host of the Grey History Podcasthttps://greyhistory.com/You can learn more about the History of Papacy and subscribe at all these great places:http://atozhistorypage.com/https://www.historyofthepapacypodcast.comemail: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.patreon.com/historyofthepapacyparthenonpodcast.comhttps://www.gettr.com/user/atozhistoryBeyond the Big Screen:Beyondthebigscreen.comThe History of the Papacy on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6DO2leym3kizBHW0ZWl-nAGet Your History of the Papacy Podcast Products Here: https://www.atozhistorypage.com/productsHelp out the show by ordering these books from Amazon!https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1MUPNYEU65NTFMusic Provided by:"Sonatina in C Minor" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Funeral March for Brass" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"String Impromptu Number 1" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Intended Force" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Agnus Dei X - Bitter Suite Kevin MacLeaod (incomptech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Begin Transcript:Thank you for listening to the History of the Papacy. I am your host Steve. You can find show notes, how to contact me, sign up for our mailing list and how to support the History of the Papacy by going to the website: atozhistorypage.com.Speaking of supporting the show, Patreon is a great way to do that. We're at patreon.com/historyofthepapacy•4 Tiers – Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople and Rome•Inclusion on the History of the Papacy Diptychs, bonus audio and video content, Pope coin, monthly book drawings, early content, and add free, early content. Sign up early so that you have your name at the top of the lists! •History of the Papacy/Diptychs Fun Fact – The idea of the separation of Church and State was really an Enlightenment ideal, but one of the biggest themes of the history of Christianity has been the Church and secular state struggling for authority and privilege at the expense of one or the other.•Now, let us commemorate the Patreon Patrons on the History of the Papacy Diptychs. We have oRoberto, Goran, William B, Brian, Jeffrey, Christina, John, Sarah, and William H at the Alexandria level oDapo, Paul, Justin, Lana and John, all of who are the Magnificent at the Constantinople Level. oReaching the ultimate power and prestige, that of the See of Rome: we have Peter the Great, Leonard the Great and Alex the Great!•As you know, we are a member of the Parthenon Podcast network, featuring James Early's Key Battles of American History Podcast, among many other great shows. •Today we are joined for a third time by Will Clark, host of The Grey History Podcast. That's grey with an “e.” In Grey History, Will discusses how history is not black and white, good guys and bad guys. The French Revolution is a great example of history being in the gray area. In this episode, Will and I will look at the motivations and incentives of the actors in the Church and revolutionary French government. We will try to find out why they made the decisions they did and how they reacted to massive societal upheaval, inflation and much more.•With that, here is the next piece of the mosaic of the history of the Popes of Rome and Christian Church.
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What is the difference in the brain functioning of the high performing athletes, world class CEOs… and everyone else? Can anyone get there? HOW? Would psychedelics help (or not)? How do you “measure” what is called “enlightenment”? How useful is it in a modern world? Our guest today is Dr Frederick Travis, a world-class scientist who spent a very big part of his life researching the brain functioning of high performing people and meditation practitioners. Frederick will give us answers to these and other questions. Let's tune in. Moments To Listen For:Do birds see in colour?What is the process of Transcending? How does the brain change during the meditation states?Does “detachment” make you less empathetic and less sensitive to other people's pain (or not)? The Science of the States of Consciousness The Science of Lucid Dreaming Physiology and Transcending Brain and Consciousness World-Class Peak Performance Brain Can we “measure” what is called “enlightenment” from a scientific point of view? What do psychedelics really do and what affect do they have on the brain functioning? How helpful (or not) are they for the spiritual seekers? ABOUT DR. FREDERICK TRAVIS:Dr. Frederick Travis received his PhD in Psychology at Maharishi International University in 1988. After a two-year post-doctoral position in basic sleep research at the University of California Davis, Dr. Travis returned to Maharishi International Management as Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition. His work has focused on brain development from birth to adulthood, effects of stress on brain functioning, effects of meditation on the brain during and after meditation practice (state and trait effects), subjective and objective markers of higher states of consciousness, brain patterns of peak performance and effects of other technologies from the Vedic tradition of India such as yoga asana practice, listening to Vedic recitation, and effects of the built environment on an individual. Fred has published 84 papers and book chapters, and has authored or co-authored four books. He teaches on the under-graduate, master's, and doctoral levels and lectures globally on brain and consciousness. LISTEN to more interviews and follow our IG account here ►https://linktr.ee/timelessteachings CONNECT with Dr Frederick Travis ►https://www.drfredtravis.com CONNECT with Yana Fry on Social Media here ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yanafryFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/yana.fry.1LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanafry Like this episode?Subscribe to Timeless Teachings podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or your favourite podcasting app. Share this with your friends on social media and post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!
In today's Gathering Room, Martha talks about the “hidden doors” in our lives that keep us from seeing our own enlightened nature. Hint: look in the spaces between words, between thoughts, between sleeping and waking. Enlightenment is waving at you from all the spaces you don't see. (Originally aired: July 31, 2022)
Women are stereotyped in many different ways and always have been. In this episode Stephanie articulates the layers she has been going through within herself in an attempt to help her listeners expand in their own lives. The Higher Self Connection has been an integral part in Stephanie's journey to embodying the Divine Feminine energy within. If you would like more information or to hear more about the aspects of the divine feminine energy, let Stephanie know by email at email@example.com To receive Stephanie's worksheet 5 Steps to Releasing Limiting Beliefs click here: https://bit.ly/3mibSf6 To work with Stephanie or get on the list to receive the release date of Higher Self Connection - connect with her here: https://stephaniezumwalt.comMusic: https://www.purple-planet.com More Higher Self Connection content: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/higher_self_connection/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.zumwaltTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@higher_self_connectionYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1jIjJJDYv_y-5EvUryk0Uw
In Minerva's French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France (Yale University Press, 2021), Nina Gelbart, Professor of History and Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies at Occidental College, shares the stories of six, incredibly resourceful, and dedicated women who contributed substantially to the sciences of their time. While offering valuable comments on the challenges of writing gender-inclusive histories of science, the book restores the legacies of the mathematician Elisabeth Ferrand, the astronomer Nicole Reine Lepaute, the botanists Jeanne Barret and Madeleine Françoise Basseporte, the anatomist Marie-Marguerite Bihéron, and the chemist Marie Geneviève Charlotte Thiroux d'Arconville. Minerva's French Sisters also reads as the personal journey of an historian looking for lost evidence and piecing together traces to offer a unique vision of the Enlightenment sciences through the lens of these women. Victor Monnin, Ph.D. is an historian of science specialized in the history of Earth sciences. He is also teaching French language and literature to undergraduates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-technology-and-society
In Minerva's French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France (Yale University Press, 2021), Nina Gelbart, Professor of History and Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies at Occidental College, shares the stories of six, incredibly resourceful, and dedicated women who contributed substantially to the sciences of their time. While offering valuable comments on the challenges of writing gender-inclusive histories of science, the book restores the legacies of the mathematician Elisabeth Ferrand, the astronomer Nicole Reine Lepaute, the botanists Jeanne Barret and Madeleine Françoise Basseporte, the anatomist Marie-Marguerite Bihéron, and the chemist Marie Geneviève Charlotte Thiroux d'Arconville. Minerva's French Sisters also reads as the personal journey of an historian looking for lost evidence and piecing together traces to offer a unique vision of the Enlightenment sciences through the lens of these women. Victor Monnin, Ph.D. is an historian of science specialized in the history of Earth sciences. He is also teaching French language and literature to undergraduates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/intellectual-history
In Minerva's French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France (Yale University Press, 2021), Nina Gelbart, Professor of History and Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies at Occidental College, shares the stories of six, incredibly resourceful, and dedicated women who contributed substantially to the sciences of their time. While offering valuable comments on the challenges of writing gender-inclusive histories of science, the book restores the legacies of the mathematician Elisabeth Ferrand, the astronomer Nicole Reine Lepaute, the botanists Jeanne Barret and Madeleine Françoise Basseporte, the anatomist Marie-Marguerite Bihéron, and the chemist Marie Geneviève Charlotte Thiroux d'Arconville. Minerva's French Sisters also reads as the personal journey of an historian looking for lost evidence and piecing together traces to offer a unique vision of the Enlightenment sciences through the lens of these women. Victor Monnin, Ph.D. is an historian of science specialized in the history of Earth sciences. He is also teaching French language and literature to undergraduates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/european-studies
In Minerva's French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France (Yale University Press, 2021), Nina Gelbart, Professor of History and Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies at Occidental College, shares the stories of six, incredibly resourceful, and dedicated women who contributed substantially to the sciences of their time. While offering valuable comments on the challenges of writing gender-inclusive histories of science, the book restores the legacies of the mathematician Elisabeth Ferrand, the astronomer Nicole Reine Lepaute, the botanists Jeanne Barret and Madeleine Françoise Basseporte, the anatomist Marie-Marguerite Bihéron, and the chemist Marie Geneviève Charlotte Thiroux d'Arconville. Minerva's French Sisters also reads as the personal journey of an historian looking for lost evidence and piecing together traces to offer a unique vision of the Enlightenment sciences through the lens of these women. Victor Monnin, Ph.D. is an historian of science specialized in the history of Earth sciences. He is also teaching French language and literature to undergraduates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network
In Minerva's French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France (Yale University Press, 2021), Nina Gelbart, Professor of History and Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies at Occidental College, shares the stories of six, incredibly resourceful, and dedicated women who contributed substantially to the sciences of their time. While offering valuable comments on the challenges of writing gender-inclusive histories of science, the book restores the legacies of the mathematician Elisabeth Ferrand, the astronomer Nicole Reine Lepaute, the botanists Jeanne Barret and Madeleine Françoise Basseporte, the anatomist Marie-Marguerite Bihéron, and the chemist Marie Geneviève Charlotte Thiroux d'Arconville. Minerva's French Sisters also reads as the personal journey of an historian looking for lost evidence and piecing together traces to offer a unique vision of the Enlightenment sciences through the lens of these women. Victor Monnin, Ph.D. is an historian of science specialized in the history of Earth sciences. He is also teaching French language and literature to undergraduates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history
It's natural to compare ourselves to others and assume that someone else has it a lot better than we do. But in reality, no matter how successful and happy another person seems on the outside, it often has very little to do with their inner state of mind. Today's guest had it all as he approached midlife: his family, marriage, and a thriving law practice. Stratton Horres was at the top of one's game and successful by outward appearances, yet he felt deeply unfulfilled in life. That's when he embarked on a personal quest to discover his true self—and what would bring him happiness. Here's the remarkable story of what led up to Stratton's epiphany and the journey of self-discovery that followed. Tune in to hear our conversation on: How a milestone birthday was the perfect catalyst for a change The reason why looking back at our past can help guide the future What happens when your career becomes your whole identity The power of questioning your personal beliefs and values Peeling back the “onion” of self-awareness and discovery How to cross-examine your life with a series of key questions Connect with Stratton A funny thing happened on my way to my retirement by Stratton Horres How to take a self-deposition to 'right' your future by Stratton Horres www.StrattonHorres.com
Yes, universal!Existence unlimitedto our perception* * *In the last session we concluded the introduction to this summary of the intersection of Design Thinking and Zen by linking Buddha's Four Noble Truths to my Four Spheres of Influence and Endeavor as encountered in daily life. The semantic model shown illustrates correlations between the Four Spheres — Universal, Natural, Social, and Personal — and the Existence, Origin, Cessation, and Eightfold Path to cessation, of suffering. We will explore the connections of each in order, in the next four segments. These include: Universal Existence, Natural Origin, Social Path, and Personal Cessation, all linked to dukkha, the Buddhist term usually translated as “suffering.” As we will see, it has a broader meaning.Sometimes overlooked in considering the Four Noble Truths are Buddha's admonitions, charges, or challenges accompanying each. We are to strive to “fully understand” the existence of suffering; to abandon its origin, usually interpreted as craving; to realize its cessation, hopefully in this lifetime; and to fully follow the Noble Eightfold Path to the realization of suffering. That's a tall order.But if we take the Design thinking approach, we can regard the prospect of fully understanding the existence of suffering as just another example of fully defining the problem, albeit the most intractable and elusive of all problems, that of existence itself. The proposition that existence is a problem, or should be regarded as such, is itself subject to challenge. But most religions and philosophies characterize our existence as a human being as a kind of test, from Job's Old Testament lament, to the triumph of reasoning of the Enlightenment, and theism's personal epiphany of being reborn, as well as Zen Buddhism's potential of spiritual awakening — kensho or satori in Japanese. Of course, the usual caveat applies, that the approach to solving this problem in Zen begins and ends with experience on the cushion, or informed by that process of personal introspection. As we often emphasize in interfaith dialog with other clergy and students online, world peace can only come about through the establishment of personal peace. Zen's pop-up exam takes place in zazen, pass or fail.Another way to phrase the first Noble Truth is that Existence is of the nature of suffering. That is, dukkha may be regarded simply as inexorable change. Galaxies colliding in space is an example of Universal Existence of change. It is not personal, but a universal principle. Human beings are necessarily caught up in it, through birth, aging, sickness and death, and tend to take it very personally. This is why it is called “suffering.” But this suffering is too laden with emotional and sentimental connotations to fit the definition of a universal principle. Suffering in the Buddhist sense has a connotation of allowing, as in “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” paraphrasing a comment attributed to Christ. He is also quoted as saying that unless we become like little children, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.So in the face of universal change, we are reduced to the state of children. Innocent, perhaps, but still responsible for adapting to reality. We find examples of human suffering in all spheres of our existence, including personal issues of aging, sickness and death, which is also characteristic of the natural sphere, where our relationship to Nature is ever-more challenging, owing partially to our success as a species in dominating the planet and diminishing the resources of life support. But most of us are inclined to identify the sources of our suffering as social in nature.These are all conjoined, as the pressures of living in modern society are certainly linked to the pressures of population. From stress on the commute to family unity at home, and comity at the office, much of our dissatisfaction with life in the fast lane stems from the fact that there are so many others queuing up in that same lane. And, of course, they are not usually as polite or considerate as you or I tend to be. In the modern idiom, they do not, or will not, stay in their lane, and out of ours.Please excuse me if you have heard this before, but I think an experiment I read about is germane. The scientists involved simply took the classic rats-in-the-maze to a new level, adding more and more rats. At a certain point of overpopulation or crowding, the rats began attacking each other. In human terms, each began to blame the others for the situation. If memory serves, it revealed a kind of proportionality between the space available and the degree of occupancy, which may reflect a natural limit to the population of any species. There is a relevant question in Taoism, from the “Tao te Ching” of Lao Tzu if memory serves, which asks the question, something like, Which is more destructive — success or failure? The very success of a species may be akin to the growth of a virus, which finally exceeds the capacity of its host to sustain, leading to the death of the host but also of the parasite.Another Taoist saying reminds us that, When the blaming begins, there is no end to the blame, or some such admonition. What we see in politics these days is largely the blame game writ large, usually on a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't basis. Increasingly, decisions regarding spending decreasing resources are taken in this no-win kind of context. Even speaking out on a given issue, no matter what position one takes, is likely to bring down hostilities upon one's head, from the cold waters of the social media. The very anonymity provided by the network fosters the tendency of many disgruntled fellow travelers to fire broadsides at every comment, no matter how reasonable or anodyne. The privacy of the original communication is often compromised, exposing the messenger to the mob, including searchable data such as the identities of their family members, along with contact and location information. Thus, the natural moan of stress and threat of living is amplified to a scream through the feedback process, like a mic and speaker facing each other. Humans are the worst enemy of humans.When we turn from our social world — as restricted to human beings — to the natural sphere, we find other social animals, such as elephants and whales, who have their own networks, and presumably some level of stress emanating from them. Much more certainly they suffer from the dire circumstances in which they live as prey to other species, primarily the encroachment of humans on their turf, and as victims of the harvesting of ivory and other private parts for such human dalliances as trivial trinkets, and supposed aphrodisiacs. Our stewardship of the creatures of the Earth has demonstrated a downward curve for most of our history, but now that we are outnumbering as well as outmaneuvering our distant cousins, many are staring into the abyss of extinction. Which is where the Natural sphere is trumped by the Universal. From the perspective of the victim of extinction, it matters little whether the end comes as the result of a meteor or comet, or the slow erosion of viable food stocks and potable water. So-called “pets” and live exhibits such as zoos are the few remaining concessions to inclusion of lowly beasts in our social circle, now that the age of horsepower has long since passed.When we look at the intersection of the Universal and the Natural, disregarding for the nonce the Social and Personal realms, we see that it is also not a respecter of persons, or dharma beings. The most awe-inspiring example may be the black hole, at least based on our current understanding of cosmic dynamics of change, dukkha on the largest scales we can envision. Whole galaxies, solar systems, stars, planets, moons and asteroids and all, provide the daily fare keeping the monster fed. We charmingly describe such processes with familiar tropes, such as that a black hole is “eating” its way through the universe, gobbling celestial bodies as we consume lesser animals and plants of the globe. A recent special on the blue whale identified them as the largest mammals to ever live on the planet — in the ocean, more exactly — as large as a Boeing 737. Yet they live on krill, one of the smallest animals on the planet. But the volume of their dining may be the closest living analogy to a black hole in the animal kingdom. Tens of thousands of tons of water in one gulp! Yet even this behemoth may be threatened with extinction, owing to the activities of the noisome human parasite.In the face of such vast scales of existence, and with the looming threat of universal and natural chickens coming home to roost, through imminent climate change, the very idea that what we call suffering is indeed universal may be disturbing, even overwhelming. And as Master Dogen reminds us in Jijuyu Zammai —Self-fulfilling Samadhi, even if we manage to divest ourselves of our ignorance, and the “whole phenomenal world becomes the Buddha's seal, and the entire sky turns into enlightenment,” even then “all this does not appear within perception, because it is unconstructedness in stillness, it is immediate realization.” So the frustration with the ungraspable nature of this truth is baked in. But we mustn't forget the micro, along with the macrocosmos. The microcosmos is also the manifestation of the universal existence of suffering, just on the other end of the scale spectrum. It recalls a line from one of our beloved Ch'an poems, Hokyo Zammai [Precious Mirror Samadhi], by Master Tozan, founder of Soto Zen in China:So minute it enters where there is no gap — so vast it transcends dimensionA hairsbreadth deviation and you are out of tuneI hear an unspoken “but” or “however” before this last bombshell — any deviation, however slight, and we are “out of tune.” Like tuning an old-fashioned analog radio dial, a little to the left or to the right, we get nothing but static. Only when we hit the frequency dead on in the middle, do we receive the transmission with clarity. If we persist in our meditation, we can hopefully penetrate beyond the Personal, Social and Natural barriers, all the way to the Universal, which is not only outside us at the furthest remove, but also inside us, at the most intimate. As Master Hakuin reminds, actually there is no “inner,” nor is there any “outer.” It is all clear, clean through. Spacetime is neither space, nor time.In the next segment we will take a look at Natural Origin, the origin of our suffering through the craving of our body, our mouth, and our mind. Stay tuned.* * *Elliston Roshi is guiding teacher of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center and abbot of the Silent Thunder Order. He is also a gallery-represented fine artist expressing his Zen through visual poetry, or “music to the eyes.”UnMind is a production of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center in Atlanta, Georgia and the Silent Thunder Order. You can support these teachings by PayPal to donate@STorder.org. Gassho.Producer: Kyōsaku Jon Mitchell